Bell and Howell DV550UW 12MP Digital Video Camera with Underwater Housing

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ITEM#: 12403958

  • Take great videos with the Bell + Howell digital video camera
  • Digital video camera has ultra compact body and features a flip-up USB
  • Camcorder includes waterproof underwater housing to take video underwater (up to 33 ft)
  • Maximum resolution: 12.0 MP
  • 2.0 color LTPS LCD display
  • 8x digital zoom
  • SD/HC card expandable up to 8 GB
  • 16MB internal memory
  • AVI Video Format
  • AV Output: NTSC/PAL with audio
  • Uses 2 AA batteries
  • Includes waterproof housing, hand strap, instruction manual, TV cable, Arcsoft software CD, camera pouch, 2 AA batteries

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Dimensions 2.0 in.x 1.0 in.x 4.0 in.
Warranty 1 year Limited Manufacturer
Model Number DV550UW
Country of Origin China

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  • Mora
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    great item and fast delivery

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  • great underwater camera!
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    Great, simple little underwater camera. Perfect for the kids in the pool or the adventurist in the ocean!

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  • my grandaughter loved it
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    product did what it was suposed to do . takes good pictures

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  • Unbelievable deal!
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    I ordered this for my son when he moved to California. He loves using it with and without the case.

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  • Bell and Howell DV550UW 12MP Digital Video Camera
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    Step up and buy a better one. You get what you pay for!

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  • Coolest Concept EVER
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    I gotta tell you, at first when I read the reviews we were a little concerned about the quality & easibility of using this little gadget. We purchased it primarily for our "Swimming with the Dolphins" experience at Sea World. I DO think it would have been a bit cumbersome to work with underwater if we hadn't played with it FIRST. But other than that, this little thing is awesome & so versatile, you can use it anywhere. The next trip is to Colombia & I know there will be a river outing . . . I can't wait to use it there & NOT have to worry about our good camera getting wet. And a little bonus? If you drop it? It's protected by the thick plastic case. AND, you also get a case/holder to keep the camera in when it's NOT in use. Oh & one other thing that we didn't expect (it was important to us anyway), the "case" came with a "strap" so that you could put it around your neck in the water.

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    Sent to a friend as a gift. And they state it meets what they were looking for and easy to use and update their web sites.

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  • it didn't work
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    I was very disappointed with the poor quality and what seemed like a poorly made product. After turning it on it immediately went dead and never worked again. I returned the camera and was promptly refunded.

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  • Videocam
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    I bought this item because a friend of mine has something similar but twice as expensive and when I saw the Bell and Howell I decided to take a chance because the price was certainly right. It's pretty easy to use and the waterproof housing is certainly a plus in my rainy part of the country. I was amazed at the clarity of the videos, even during the dark and dreary days. Inside in a restaurant the image was okay but a bit of pixillation(?) was noticeable, it wasn't too bad though. All in all I would recommend this cam to people, in fact, a friend of mine is contemplating getting one.

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  • You get what you pay for
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    I am disappointed enough in this camera that I am returning it. First, I admit I suspected this from the get go, but the product description is misleading. The 12 MP max resolution applies only to still photos. The video max resolution is far smaller. Second, the video quality is really pretty poor in low to medium light situations - such as, for instance, my living room. It doesn't seem the least bit dark in there to the eye, but the camera can hardly handle it. My parents' bright white kitchen looked OK, but that's not exactly where I expect to be filming. I cannot imagine that you'd get anything worth looking at under water. And even in medium light the images are pretty noisy. Third and most frustrating is the audio quality. Unsurprisingly the microphone is no great shakes. More upsetting is the constant low hum in the background of the audio. But what totally tipped me over the line is the very loud "Click" that is recorded every time you zoom in or out while filming. I am not exaggerating: that click is the loudest thing on the sound track - much louder then even the operator's voice. You'd never be able to actually use the zoom during video recording because of that horrible noise. How something with such an obvious and serious design flaw made it out of the lab is beyond me. If you're still considering buying, one more thing to note is that the internal memory (16 mb) can record up to 14 seconds of video at VGA (640 x 480) resolution. ;) (In other words, make sure you buy a large capacity SD card to go with it!)

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